VINTAGE MARK RYDEN TIKI GOD PAINTING GOES ON THE AUCTION BLOCK AT SOTHEBY’S

May 14, 2013  |  art

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It's been ages since I first published this then-new painting by my friend Mark Ryden in Juxtapoz Magazine way back in 1996, and tomorrow it will go under the hammer at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Day auction in NYC alongside originals by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, and Ed Ruscha, to name a few. Back then it was almost impossible to imagine names like Mark Ryden ever being mentioned in such company, but tomorrow's sale is testament to just how far the world of so-called "Underground Art" has come in such a short period of time. Auction estimates (which are always conservative) for the sale range from $150,000–$200,000 USD, but the piece will almost surely go for much more than that given its rarity, beauty, and the trajectory of Mr Ryden's career in recent years. Newly-minted young tech moguls and enlightened collectors, ready your paddles...

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Mr Ryden at home with his inspirational forefather

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A trip through the way-back machine to when "underground art" was still underground

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